Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center needs your help
Nearly two years ago, James Stubbs, M.D., former chair of the Division of Transfusion Medicine, said that Mayo Clinic's need for blood donors during the COVID-19 pandemic was a marathon, not a sprint. Well, the marathon continues.
The need for blood is as great as the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. More importantly, a consistent blood supply is needed.
While whole blood may last for 42 days, platelets only last five. Thankfully, with the growing COVID-19 vaccination rate, the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center is excited to go out into the community again to boost the blood supply through mobile blood drives.
That is where you come in.
You can choose to donate blood at one of the locations at Mayo Clinic in Rochester:
- Hilton Building, first floor, downtown
This location is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and it's open until 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month.
- Joseph Building, main floor, M-86, Saint Marys Campus
This location is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Or you can become a mobile blood drive ambassador, and host a blood drive at your church, school, community center or workplace. By hosting a mobile blood drive, you are benefiting your community as you come together to help save lives.
The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center cannot do this on its own, so you're asked to join the marathon. The center is in it for the long run.
If you're interested in hosting a mobile blood drive, call the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center at 507-284-4475, or email the center. To meet social distancing guidelines, the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center will limit appointments each day to sustain inventory while ensuring donor safety.
Mayo Clinic patients depend on the generosity of blood donors. Scheduling an appointment to donate blood helps ensure that blood is available for patients in need.
For more information about donating blood in Rochester, call the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center at 507-284-4475, or email the center. You also can visit the center's webpage for more information.